Archive for July, 2018

Patricia Lee Lemmons

Lemmons, Patricia

Patricia Lee Lemmons was born Patricia Lee Stevens on October 9, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio to parents, Armour and Maude Stevens.

In 1945 Pat moved with her mother to California and then to Texas. She graduated in 1960 from DeSoto High School.

In 1960, in Cedar Hill, Pat met and married Paul Lemmons. Paul and Pat had two sons, Lee and Mark and in 1970 moved to Houston. In 1977 they moved to Corpus Christi where Pat worked for Swantner and Gordon Insurance from 1977 until her retirement. She went on to launch two successful businesses, Snacktime vending, and her true passion, KittyStoreOnline, selling cat and pet supplies. She loved animals but had a particular love for cats, taking in, caring for, and quite frankly spoiling as many as she could get her hands on.

Pat enjoyed the outdoors, specifically freshwater and saltwater fishing and it is widely believed that her prolific abilities at catching reds is the reason that, to this day, her son Mark, can’t catch one to save his life.

Together Pat and Paul traveled widely, visiting many parts of the United States, Mexico, France and Germany.

She is preceded in death by her parents, stepfather (daddy) Clarence Eugene Welch, and her husband Paul Allen Lemmons.

She is survived by her sister, Liz Gurley; brother, Thomas (Gena) Welch; sons, Lee (Kari) Lemmons, Mark (Melissa) Lemmons; grandchildren, Chris (Samantha) Lemmons, Kaitlynn (Jubal) Longoria; great granddaughter, Madi Lemmons; nieces, Kathy (Charlie) Horn, Amanda Christensen, Jessica Welch, Sheri Gurley and Kim Hennel; nephews, Thomas Welch and Doug Gurley.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Cenizo Hill Cemetery in Mathis, Texas with Rev. David Tiner officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local animal shelter in Pat’s memory.

Bud B. McKinney

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McKinney, Bud

On July 24 ,2018, our dearly beloved Bud B. McKinney, a most faithful servant, was united in Heaven with our Lord. Born July 5, 1951 in the small logging community of Oakridge, Oregon, he developed a deep appreciation for nature and the value of hard work among his very humble beginnings. That background fueled his desire to fully utilize his God-given talents to further himself, provide for his family, and help anyone in need. He worked long hours and many years as a pharmacist by counseling, staying open after hours, and making home deliveries to serve those in need. Much later, he “retired” into his second profession as a chemical engineer in the oil and gas industry.

His down-to-earth personality, quick wit, and intellect captured the heart of a young woman he met in Corpus Christi one fate-filled night in 1981. Quickly becoming obvious they could not be without each other, he married Diana Arredondo just 28 days later. Their 37-year marriage union was blessed with two sons, C.J. and Matt, whom he was deeply proud of and intently grateful to be called their father. Throughout their time together, he greatly enjoyed attending and hosting countless family gatherings, seamlessly melding into the rich Hispanic family culture he married into.

He joins his mother Pat, father Bill, brother Bob and father-in-law Andres in eternal peace.

In addition to his wife and sons, left to honor him are his brother Dave (Sally) and many beautiful nieces, nephews and additional relatives in South Texas and Oregon.

Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30 A.M. Friday, July 27, 2018 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church, followed by burial with full military honors at 1 P.M. at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

John Robert Hatch, Sr.

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John Robert Hatch, Sr., age 85, died peacefully in his sleep on July 24, 2018 after his third visit to the hospital since February this year. John was a simple and humble man, who loved to dance, travel, read, tell stories and hunt at “El Cid” Ranch. He liked taking pictures and chronicling his adventures, and was amazingly good at capturing the magnificence of beautiful scenery with nothing more than a disposable camera. “Big Bad John” as he was sometimes known, was a truly generous soul who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need of help. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

John was a fifth generation Texan born to George W. Hatch and Frances Bernsen Hatch on June 7, 1933 in Corpus Christi on the Hatch farm, the eighth of ten children. John graduated from Corpus Christi College-Academy (CCCA) in 1951. He was the La Paloma yearbook staff sales manager and listed “Being a Catholic” as his prized possession. His lifelong dream was to be a farmer/rancher, which he accomplished on over 300 acres in Trent, Texas.

He is survived by his 5 children, daughter, Leigh Ann Dolezal-Burriola (Casey) of Orange Grove, Texas, John Robert Hatch, Jr. of Sinton, Texas, Alan Dean Hatch of Abilene, Texas, Glenda Sue McCormick of  Port Aransas, Texas, Wesley David Hatch (Tami) of Robstown, Texas; 9 grandchildren, Shana Beck, Houston Dolezal, Michelle Carlson, Kristina Hatch (Richard), James Hatch (Courtney), April McCormick, JR McCormick, Darlyn Gillespie and Grace Gillespie.  He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, Carson Beck, Abigail Adams, John Adams, Nathan Adams, Dylan Henson, Mackenzie Woodard, Jaxon Woodard, Seth Woodard, Alexandria Hatch, Janessa Alarcon and Henry Gillespie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Jody McCormick; sisters, Helen Hatch, Mary Carlucci, Dorothy Cook, Grace Hooper; brothers, James Hatch, George Hatch and Richard Hatch; also Brett Adams (Michelle) who was to be his grandson-in-law.

Visitation will begin at 6pm, Friday, July 27, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Violet Catholic Church at 3918 County Road 61, Robstown, Texas 78380, with a rosary to be recited at 6:30pm with mass to follow.

A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Robstown Community Hall from 6-10pm. The family will provide the main dish, please bring a side dish or dessert, and your best “Big Bad John” story.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the VFW Post 7841, 600 Lincoln Ave,  Robstown, Texas 78380-3712. Attention: Hector

Kathryn Gayleen Houseworth Gibbs

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Kathryn Gayleen Houseworth Gibbs, age 85, went to be with her Heavenly Father on July 18, 2018.

Kathryn was born January 2, 1933 in Independence, Kansas and was an only child. She loved playing the piano, being with her beloved dogs, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a homemaker and substitute teacher.  She lived most of her life in the Fort Worth, Texas area and moved to Corpus Christi, Texas in 2000.  She was a strong believer in Jesus Christ and attended church regularly.  She was known for her homemade baked pies and homemade rolls.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mary Houseworth; her husband, Bert Gibbs; and grandson, J.B. Walton.

She is survived by her children; Kenneth Gibbs, Candace Walton (Jim), Kip Gibbs (Sandy), and Howard Gibbs (Laura); grandchildren; Colton Gibbs, Cheyenne Walton, Justin Gibbs (Michelle), Katrina Gibbs, Emily Gibbs, Joshua Gibbs and Jacob Gibbs.

A special thank you to the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living for all of their loving care.

Memorial Service will be conducted July 28, 2018 at 2 pm at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel in Corpus Christi, Texas with Pastor Ralph Green officiating. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Forth Worth, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 260101, Corpus Christi, Texas 78426.

Gary Willis

Willis, Gary

Gary Willis, 75, passed away at his home on July 16, 2018. Gary was born in Artesia, New Mexico on November 3, 1942 to Murray and Wyoneta Willis. Gary started work in the oil fields after his baseball career ended, where he worked his way up to crude oil marketing, VP of marketing, and then retired as a crude oil trader in 2010. He was an avid golfer who taught golf lessons because he loved the game. He also enjoyed building race cars. Gary married the love of his life, Mary, on April 7, 1965.

Gary enjoyed spending time with his family in the backyard while watching the grandchildren play and listening to a variety of music.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary; children, Viki Portales (Noe) and Shawn Willis (Bernice); brother, Bill Willis (Jane); brother-in-law, Gary Tipton (Suzan); and his seven grandchildren, Taleigh, Colter, Amily, Ainsley and Kinler Portales and Addison and Ryane Willis).

Funeral Services will be held at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.

A reception will follow at Calallen Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to South Texas Children’s Ministry